The electric two-wheeler market in India has seen the entry of a large number of models since last year and even more EVs are expected to be launched in this market segment soon. Ather Energy plans to stretch its range in Electronic two wheelers market, and details about its upcoming electric scooters have recently surfaced online. According to reports, the upcoming Ather EVs will consist of two new variants of the existing 450X electric scooter.
According to a recent report, Ather will add two new variants to its 450 series. One is expected to be a longer-range version of the 450X (with a larger battery pack), while the other will likely only have surface level upgrades. Currently, the Ather 450 series consists of only two models, the 450 Plus and the 450X, which are quite popular in the Indian market.
The larger battery version will offer remarkably longer range than current Ather scooters, but we don't expect the performance and top speed figures to differ. The chassis may be slightly reengineered to adjust the larger and heavier battery pack, but the look remains more or less the same.
As for the other forthcoming scooter variants, it is expected to get new paint options and graphics. A few body panels could also be reshaped, but the overall design wouldn't be much different. There wouldn't be any mechanical changes though, meaning range and performance will likely be the same as the 450X.
The Bengaluru-based EV startup will likely to launch these new models in the 450 series either towards the end of this year or early next year. Currently, Ather Energy only sells its electric scooters in 30 cities in 15 states, and the manufacturer plans to further expand its dealership network in the future.
The Ather 450X is currently priced at 1.38 lakh INR, while the price tag of Ather 450 Plus is 1.18 lakh INR ( ex-showroom price, New Delhi). These prices include FAME II and government subsidies. The new variants will likely push the overall price range a bit higher. The Ather 450 series will continue to rival the Ola S1 series, Bajaj Chetak and TVS iQube.